March 2020 Administrative Update
by: William Roberts
High School Principal
This month marks the one-year anniversary of the East Aurora High School Academic Learning Centers inauguration. The ALC has proven to be a tremendous resource for both students and staff at the high school; providing an opportunity for students performing below grade level and/or who need assistance in the completion of work to get the help they need.
The ALC is available after school, Monday through Thursday, from 2:50 - 3:30 p.m. in the High School Library. Students may be assigned by their teachers if they are missing work, need additional assistance on assignments and projects, or simply need to complete a test or quiz due to absence. Students can also drop-in on their own. One of the key attributes of the ALC is that it is staffed by East Aurora high school teachers, ready and willing to help any student that walks through the door. For those students who are in need of transportation after attending ALC, late bus transportation is provided at 3:35 p.m.
Providing this additional educational resource to students has witnessed considerable growth in academic performance across the board. Since last year, 60% of our students have utilized the ALC in some capacity. Of those students, 22% visited of their own accord. On average, 10-15 students per day utilize the after school resources available through the ALC. This is exciting data, as we continue to be impressed with students taking responsibility for their academic performance and success at the high school level.
I would be remiss if I did not speak to the exceptional programming being provided to our high school students in the education of substance abuse. In February, collaborating with Kids Escaping Drugs, the Peer2Peer program was brought to the high school. The Peer2Peer program invites young people in recovery to share their personal stories of addiction with their peers; demonstrating the real life dangers and consequences of experimenting and/or abusing drugs and alcohol. This annual program has proven invaluable as we continue our commitment to educate students on making healthy choices and the potential consequences of experimentation and addiction.
Lastly, we are thinking of Spring at East Aurora High School, or at least the start of Spring sports and activities. I bring to your attention three events on the East Aurora High School calendar for March and April. The Prism Concert, featuring our instrumental ensembles, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. The Pops Concert, highlighting the High School Chorus and the Middle School Chorus, will be held in the auditorium on Tuesday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. This year’s High School spring drama production, “12 Angry Jurors”, is scheduled for Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the EAHS drama room. I look forward to seeing you at our performances and athletic events, and appreciate your continued support of the EAHS.